Philippines-China relations - updates

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Rappler Talk: Jeffrey Ordaniel on Duterte's embrace of China

Oct 13, 2019 - 6:00 PM

On Monday, October 14, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to Jeffrey Ordaniel of Tokyo International University to assess President Rodrigo Duterte's pivot to China

China's expansion

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:33 PM

What the Philippines should watch out for

China at 70: 'Fantasy of cordial relations' with the Philippines

Oct 08, 2019 - 8:15 AM

As the People’s Republic of China celebrates 70 years since its founding anniversary, the Asian giant has gone from poor neighbor to rich neighbor – and bully – of the Philippines

'NEW AT 70'. Chinese participants take part in a gala in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People'sRepublic of China. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Chinese vessels in Philippine waters: Who’s keeping score?

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:48 PM

As Chinese vessels of all sorts come and go through Philippine waters, exactly who among security officials is keeping count, and who's telling whom what to do?

BRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photo taken from a military aircraft shows the Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Philippine soldiers onboard to secure the perimeter in the Spratly Islands, on May 11, 2015. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/AFP

Philippines files diplomatic protest vs China over ships near Ayungin shoal

Oct 02, 2019 - 1:34 AM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr makes the statement after Armed Forces of the Philippine Chief of Staff Noel Clement told senators of the Chinese ships' presence near Ayungin Shoal

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST. Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr order a diplomatic protest to be filed against China over Chinese vessels near Ayungin Shoal. Malacañang photo

PH to build 13 lighthouses on northernmost islands

Sep 25, 2019 - 10:11 PM

The national security adviser says this is a way to demonstrate ownership of these islands, including Fuga, where a Chinese company plans to build a ‘smart city’

NORTHERN LIGHTHOUSES. The Philippine government plans to build lighthouses on its northernmost islands in the Batanes and Babuyan groups. Rappler file photo

Malacañang against raising Hague ruling before UN for fear of hurting China ties

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Following ex-DFA chief Albert del Rosario's suggestion will only have an 'adverse effect' on the Philippines' and China's 'friendly talks' on the West Philippine Sea, says the Palace

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping inside the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing prior to their bilateral meeting on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

China using fishing vessels for surveillance, control of West PH Sea – DND

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Chinese fishing vessels complement Chinese naval and coast guard ships, and could be used for 'asymmetric warfare of sea control and sea denial' against Filipinos, the defense department says in a report to a lawmaker

LONELY OUTPOST. An aerial view shows the BRP Sierra Madre that has been grounded since 1999 to assert the Philippines' sovereignty over Ayungin Shoal. The China Coast Guard constantly patrols the area, the DND says. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Duterte, Sara meet Communist Party of China's 'rising political star'

Sep 17, 2019 - 10:23 AM

(UPDATED) Within days of each other, President Rodrigo Duterte and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte hold a meeting with Communist Party Secretary of Chongqing Chen Min'er

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a warm welcome to Communist Party of China (CPC) Chongqing Party Chief Chen Min'er who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Malacañan Palace on September 16, 2019. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

De Lima: Duterte to ‘leave a generation of beggars’ after oil deal with China

Sep 15, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Senator Leila de Lima hits the 'gall of the President to even think of setting aside our legal victory at The Hague' in favor of the joint exploration deal with China in the West Philippine Sea

'THE GALL OF DUTERTE.' Senator Leila de Lima slams President Rodrigo Duterte over the joint exploration deal with China in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from Office of Senator Leila de Lima.

'Absurd': Why build China-backed telco towers in military camps?

Sep 13, 2019 - 8:45 AM

A senator and a security expert say the deal exposes the Philippine military to Chinese spying at a time when other countries are shunning Chinese technology companies

Robredo hits Duterte's 'shameful' sellout to China over oil, gas deal

Sep 12, 2019 - 2:47 PM

'Why are the President and his administration the very ones who undermine our decisive victory before the arbitral tribunal in 2016 with remarks such as this?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

ASSERTING PH RIGHTS. Vice President Leni Robredo slams President Rodrigo Duterte for once again downplaying the Philippines' arbitral victory against Chia over the West Philippine Sea. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Del Rosario warns Duterte over 'ignoring' arbitral ruling in joint exploration with China

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:33 PM

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says the Duterte government has a choice not to set aside the historic ruling as a service contract arrangement would remain faithful to both the Constitution and the ruling

PH-CHINA TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping discuss matters during the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang photo

Locsin says arbitral ruling 'unnecessary' in joint exploration with China

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:52 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says this is because the memorandum of understanding is clear the venture will be done without prejudice to Manila and Beijing's claims in the West Philippine Sea

TOP DIPLOMATS. In this file photo, Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr (L) and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) arrive for a press conference at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on March 20, 2019. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Duterte 'ignoring' arbitral ruling to make way for joint exploration

Sep 10, 2019 - 9:46 PM

After repeatedly saying he will assert the Hague ruling before China, President Rodrigo Duterte says the landmark decision can be ignored

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping pose for posterity prior to the start of the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

'Like a thief in your own territory'

Sep 08, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Once before Filipino fishermen could make as many trips as they wanted to Scarborough Shoal and easily bring home 4 tons of fish each trip. Now they're lucky to haul in a third of what they used to.

Duterte knew raising Hague ruling with Xi was futile

Sep 05, 2019 - 1:16 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte admits having no plan to assert Philippine rights using the Hague ruling, apart from mentioning it in a meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping pose for posterity prior to the start of the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Xi says China not required to seek permission for ships' passage – Lorenzana

Sep 04, 2019 - 11:47 PM

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says China 'wants to ask permission' for its ships' passage

DUTERTE AND XI. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping discuss matters during the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang photo

Locsin: DFA has filed 60 diplomatic protests vs China since 2016

Sep 04, 2019 - 4:15 PM

'Even if I believe that filing diplomatic protests is like throwing paper at a brick wall, I do it,' the Philippines' top diplomat Teodoro Locsin Jr tells a panel of lawmakers

60 PROTESTS FILED. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the government protested China's incursions "at every turn." Photo of Locsin at the Senate on November 28, 2018, by Angie de Silva

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Duterte, Xi beyond the hype

Sep 02, 2019 - 8:54 AM

As he enters the last phase of his term, can Duterte afford to appear and sound like a wimp alongside his fellow Southeast Asian leaders? And for what? For China’s empty promises and intrusions into our territories?

Lorenzana: 'No reason to believe' China will not honor agreements

Sep 01, 2019 - 11:20 PM

'Let us trust, but we must also be cautious,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping discuss matters during the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte's pitch to Chinese businessmen: I'll make corrupt officials eat money

Aug 31, 2019 - 8:53 AM

Some 300 Chinese and Filipino businessmen attend a business forum organized for President Rodrigo Duterte's visit to China

SALES PITCH. President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the Philippines-China Business Forum at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Beijing on August 30, 2019. Photo by Rey Baniquet/Presidential Photo

Duterte tells Xi of 'deep concern' over Chinese warships intrusion

Aug 30, 2019 - 3:01 PM

The Philippine President wants Chinese warships to abide by laws on innocent passage, saying not doing so runs counter to their efforts at managing the sea row

NO PERMISSION. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

China to import more Philippine agricultural goods, Xi tells Duterte

Aug 30, 2019 - 12:35 PM

Philippine trade chief Ramon Lopez says China also intends to import industrial goods

Workers files stock of round shape fruits at the Balintawak Market on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, six days before the Buena Noche to welcome the New Year. The Filipinos welcome the New Year's Eve by serving 12 kinds of round fruits on the table during Buena Noche, believed to welcome prosperity and abundance for the household. The 12 kinds of round fruits on the table represents each month in a year. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Philippines, China form groups to implement oil, gas exploration deal

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:57 AM

(UPDATED) The creation of the groups brings the two countries one step closer to implementing contracts on exploiting natural resources in the West Philippine Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping discuss matters during the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Xi refuses to recognize Hague ruling after Duterte brings it up

Aug 30, 2019 - 7:40 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tells Xi Jinping that the arbitral ruling is 'final' and 'binding' but the Chinese leader says his country is 'not budging' from its position

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping inside the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing prior to their bilateral meeting on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Philippines, China sign deal to boost academic cooperation

Aug 29, 2019 - 9:27 PM

The Philippines and China sign a deal to push for the internationalization of universities in both countries during President Rodrigo Duterte's fifth visit to the country

In Xi meeting, Duterte sees 'stronger momentum' in PH-China ties

Aug 29, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Despite 'challenges,' the Philippines and China remain true to their 'friendship,' says President Rodrigo Duterte during the portion of his meeting with Xi Jinping open to the media

'DESPITE CHALLENGES.' President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping before the start of the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang photo

LIST: 6 agreements signed during Duterte-Xi August 29 meeting

Aug 29, 2019 - 9:20 PM

One of the deals is a loan agreement covering a project management consultancy contract given to a Chinese firm for the PNR South Long Haul railway project

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives a warm welcome upon his arrival at a hotel in Beijing, People's Republic of China on August 28, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Joint oil, gas exploration deals to abide by both PH, Chinese laws – Sta Romana

Aug 29, 2019 - 2:46 PM

The Chinese are willing to be 'flexible' and 'pragmatic' as the two countries thresh out cooperation agreements on exploiting the resource-rich West Philippine Sea, says the Philippine envoy to China

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives a warm welcome from Philippine Ambassador to the People's Republic of China Jose Sta. Romana upon his arrival at the Beijing Capital International Airport in the People's Republic of China on August 28, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

When Duterte meets with Xi: What West PH Sea deals were reached in past talks?

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:04 PM

Here's a compilation of key agreements on the West Philippine Sea reached during bilateral meetings between President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping

China ship owner apologizes for PH boat sinking

Aug 28, 2019 - 2:52 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The apology is coursed through the Guangdong Fishery Mutual Insurance Association and comes the same day President Duterte is set to leave for China where he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping

APOLOGY ISSUED. Fishermen pulls the F/B Gem-Ver, the Filipino boat sunken by a Chinese vessel near Recto  Bank, towards the shore of Barangay San Roque I, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LIST: China's incursions in Philippine waters

Aug 22, 2019 - 10:06 AM

As the Duterte administration claims friendlier ties with China, Philippine officials report several sightings of Chinese vessels criss-crossing Philippine waters without due notice

Lorenzana lauds Duterte’s warning to foreign vessels trespassing PH waters

Aug 21, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The defense chief says the license to get compliance from unauthorized vessels even through an ‘unfriendly manner’ gives security forces authority to enforce the law

DEFENSE CHIEF. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on June 18, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Philippines files diplomatic protest vs China over warships in EEZ

Aug 19, 2019 - 9:31 AM

'Drop the diplomatic crap; say it is ours period; they're trespassing,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

NO PERMISSION. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

OFWs in China as spies? 'Preposterous,' says Lorenzana

Aug 18, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana points out that Chinese companies are mandated to provide intelligence to their government, unlike overseas Filipino workers

DEFENSE CHIEF. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (center) with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua (left). Photo from the Chinese Embassy in Manila

Lorenzana wants Duterte to bring up warship incursions during China visit

Aug 16, 2019 - 7:58 PM

'Where did they come from? Where are they going? Obviously they are going back to China pero ang mas malaking question, saan sila galing at bakit sila dumadaan sa Sibutu Strait?' asks the defense chief

LORENZANA. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana wants President Rodrigo Duterte to bring up with China's President Xi Jinping the illegitimate passage of Chinese warships in Philippine waters. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Military hits 'trespassing' by Chinese warships in Philippine waters

Aug 15, 2019 - 10:15 PM

'Incursions' by Chinese naval vessels in the Sibutu Strait may not have been overtly hostile but the military says they pose a security threat that needs to be addressed

TRESPASSING. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-Westmincom) reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

'Not an act of friendship,' says Panelo on Chinese ships in Sibutu Strait

Aug 15, 2019 - 3:56 PM

The passage of Chinese warships may be the subject of yet another Philippine diplomatic protest, which critics have said are not working

NO PERMISSION. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-Westmincom) reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

5 more Chinese warships spotted in Philippine waters in July, August

Aug 14, 2019 - 7:28 PM

The military says this is in addition to the passage of 4 Chinese vessels earlier this year, all without permission from the Philippine government

NO PERMISSION. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-Westmincom) reported 5 Chinese warships passed Philippine waters in July and August 2019. Photo from AFP-Westmincom

Philippines files another diplomatic protest vs China

Aug 09, 2019 - 11:22 AM

'Got it, General. DFA firing off diplomatic protest,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenza urged the government to ask China why its ships were in Philippine waters

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr announces another diplomatic protest has been fired off against China over its survey ships and warships' presence in Philippine waters. Malacañang Photo

Duterte to raise 'delay' in South China Sea Code of Conduct with Xi Jinping

Aug 09, 2019 - 10:54 AM

Asked who is 'delaying' the completion of the South China Sea Code of Conduct, President Rodrigo Duterte says, 'It could be China. Nobody else is asking us to wait.'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte answers queries from members of the media following the oath-taking ceremony of the newly promoted officers of the Philippine National Police at the Malacañan Palace on August 8, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

AFP: 4 Chinese warships passed Palawan waters in June

Aug 06, 2019 - 4:54 PM

(UPDATED) The Western Mindanao Command says 3 of the Chinese warships were unresponsive to radio calls from Philippine troops

WESCOM CHIEF. Wescom chief Rene Medina Wescom Facebook page

Duterte to 'invoke' Hague ruling in next China visit

Aug 06, 2019 - 1:29 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte also wants to discuss the proposed joint exploration for oil and gas with Chinese President Xi Jinping

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Joint 69th National Security Council and 70th National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Founding Anniversary on July 31, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte allows stamping of China passports with 9-dash line image

Aug 06, 2019 - 1:16 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte agrees to end the implementation of a 7-year-old Philippine government policy that served as a form of protest against China's inclusion of its 9-dash line in its e-passports

Visa-upon-arrival scheme for Chinese to be ‘tightened,’ not scrapped

Aug 05, 2019 - 11:48 PM

One proposal considered at the August 5 Cabinet meeting is ‘automatic blacklisting’ of Chinese nationals who overstay after benefiting from the VUA scheme

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 39th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on July 1, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

AFP hits 'deception' in China warships' passage

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:28 AM

The military spokesman’s statement is markedly stronger than previous statements of security officials on the clandestine passage of China's naval vessels

CHINA MUSCLE. This handout satellite picture taken on March 26, 2018 and released on March 30, 2018 by Planet Labs Inc. shows China's sole operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning (C), sailing with other ships at sea, south of China's southern Hainan island. Beijing flexed its military muscle this week as its sole operational aircraft carrier was apparently spotted conducting a massive naval drill with dozens of vessels in the South China Sea, according to satellite images released on March 30. Photo by Planet Labs Inc/AFP

DND insists China 'squatting' in West PH Sea

Aug 01, 2019 - 2:44 PM

'Possession' or 'position?' The Defense department clears up post-SONA mess by reiterating the Philippines’ claim of sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea

MABINI REEF. Internationally known as Johnson Reef, Mabini Reef has been reclaimed and turned into a military outpost by China. Image from CSIS/AMTI

Esperon sees influx of illegal Chinese nationals as 'threat'

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:28 PM

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says he's concerned when any one nationality comes to the Philippines in droves 'and their intent is not clear'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is shown a pile of documents by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. prior to the start of the National Security Council (NSC) Executive Committee Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China gives P10-M donation to Batanes earthquake victims

Jul 31, 2019 - 3:43 PM

The Chinese government expresses its 'deepest sympathies and condolences' to the families affected by the twin earthquakes

HOMES LOST. Residents demolish their houses destroyed by a series of earthquakes in Itbayat Island, Batanes on July 29, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler